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Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 02 September 2018 - 11:51 AM

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I'm very interested in coding my own games, and I downloaded some game making software to play around with, but I'm not a kid anymore, and I actually want to learn a programming language. The problem, though, is I don't have enough time or money to enroll in a face-to-face class, and I can't seem to find very many project-oriented tutorials on the internet. I'm tired of telling myself that it's too difficult, and I really want to start doing something. I'm not getting any younger, after all, and coding is a skill every working person in the 21st century needs.

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Re: Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 02 September 2018 - 11:57 AM

I'm replying to my own post to add more information, as I did not see an option to edit my post.

The resources I've found on the internet aren't complete and either assume I already have a lot of knowledge about the subject, or they teach the very basics. I'm unhappy and disappointed. It doesn't seem like it's easy for a layman to find information that will actually teach them to program.
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Re: Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 02 September 2018 - 12:00 PM

Philosophy aside the biggest recommendation is to use an exiting game engine. I am partial to Unity.. But cry and unreal work as well.

From there hit up their sites as they have great into tutorials. Supplement that with a well reviewed, recentlyish published, book.

From there pull out paper and start getting your game idea down. What you want it to do, mechanics, menus, look, etc. Organize it all and start your work flow list.. Chuck through, check off items, and achieve.

Mind you ""making a game " is a ni he subset if "leaning to program".
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Re: Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 02 September 2018 - 12:32 PM

I second what Modi said. But my preference is Unity when it comes to game engines. Cry has major problems with its proxies, and therefore I don't use it or suggest it. Although, that was some 3 years ago, maybe they've patched it up. As for Unreal, its difficult to work with imo and its also in C++ where as Unity is in C# (My preference for games). Unreal used C++ and Lua which is not to hard to learn. Lua is mostly for writing action scripts etc. But there is a cost with Unreal, whereas, I think you need a subscription and you can only use a trial version if you download it.

But there is a lot more to making games than just coding, as you will also have to do some modelling, unless you want to spend hundred on unity's store for new skins, models, and graphical tools for map/level making etc.
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Re: Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 07 November 2018 - 07:51 AM

You need to find the motivation. Believe me, if you have it you learn everything quickly enough. In addition, find people who will learn the code with you. it must help
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Posted 29 November 2019 - 08:27 AM

you don't need coding to create games in 2019. just use unreal... you can find really good tutorial on youtube or even unreal website

problem with coding your own game is that it takes way too long, for ex creating game engine, animations, audio, physics etc... and you won't get a good look and feel of the game.
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Re: Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 29 November 2019 - 08:45 AM

Mind you the topic was a year old and the OP hasn't been on in a year as well.. while engines like Unreal and Unity help an intense amount, some programming should be needed else you end up recycling assets and actions and not making something 'unique'.
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Posted 29 November 2019 - 09:53 AM

Figured some one else maybe see this topic.

When first starting out in game dev and your end goal to make games than to me it doesn't make sence to worry about coding.

If you start learning everything, than you will end up doing nothing. This is becuase there is a huge learning curve when comes to unreal software or coding. you should pick one and work your way to coding later.

I just rather have people finish their 1st game than to worring about details or 'uniqure'. Once you have finished creating couple games using recycle assests and feel comfortable using unreal software. Than free feel to learn coding. I just don't see the need to worry about coding first.
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Re: Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 29 November 2019 - 10:10 AM

Well, yeah. For most hobbyists, making a game engine is silly when you want to make games, and certainly making various 'proof of concepts' to get the engine tool down pat is good plan.

Using statements like "you don't need coding to create games in 2019" is a little overreaching.
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Re: Best books, online classes, tutorials, etc. for game making?

Posted 29 November 2019 - 10:21 AM

i would disagree, I have seem some amazing game build with no coding. But just my opinion tho :)
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